It was a Hilly Epic across the Peak District National Park
Eight mighty Wheelers met up in Wincle for the mystery tour of the Peaks. Where we went is still a mystery to me as I still can’t manage my Garmin to deliver the details! But it was an epic of over 80 miles, 9500ft of climbing and despite conflicting on-route descriptions from me there was actually zero flat. The profile, thanks to Chris, he with the most beautifully prepared legs for the event, HJ’s gadget captured the ride as:
The Queen of the Epic, Jenny Lockett, below, making the 80 miles cycling to and from the meet point plus the Epic ride look so easy. Note the Queen does this with a load!!!!!
A little lumpier than described the route continued to rise. I proved consistently unreliable in explaining what elevation was to come. We headed to Froghall. From there it was up, up and a bit more up, climbing on to the wonderful Morridge with a well earned drink in Ipstones, half way up!
Chris HJ, he of the accurate facts noted that Morridge was the highest point of the day. He also repeatedly noted and observed we had travelled at only 7mph!
Back to Wincle via the Roaches where the Epic Queen Jenny left us for her return to Frodsham. We safely negotiated the gate on Roach End, enjoying the views across Staffordshire and Cheshire. The final climb of the day: Gunn Hill, hardly felt like a climb, before we rolled back into Wincle.
The Ship Inn was our final stop to regroup and catch up on the latest news from the Retro Ride. Lady Di excelled in lady-ness by emerging daisy-fresh in a pretty dress for her final refreshment stop.
Thank you Wheelers for sharing another mighty day together on our bikes.
Brigid “don’t believe a word she says about climbs” Wilde